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The Great Prince Shan   By: (1866-1946)

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The Great Prince Shan by Edward Phillips Oppenheim is a captivating espionage novel that takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the conflicting political landscapes of early 20th century Europe and Asia. Set during a time of immense global tension, the story seamlessly combines elements of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue to deliver a well-crafted and thoroughly engrossing narrative.

The novel centers around the titular character, Prince Shan, a charismatic and enigmatic figure who finds himself absorbed into a complex web of espionage and international power struggles. As a member of the royal family of a fictional Asian kingdom, Shan is thrust into a dangerous game of shifting alliances, where every move he makes has far-reaching consequences.

Oppenheim’s writing style is both eloquent and engaging, effortlessly immersing readers into the intricacies of the plot. His attention to detail in describing the various European cities and the opulent Asian setting adds depth and authenticity to the story, making it feel vibrant and alive. The author's ability to paint vivid pictures with words adds to the overall enjoyment of the novel.

What truly sets The Great Prince Shan apart is its exploration of the complex political dynamics between nations. Oppenheim delves into the mindset and motivations of key players in the game of international politics, providing readers with a glimpse into the strategies, intrigues, and betrayals that shape the world stage. Through Prince Shan’s experiences, the novel offers a thought-provoking commentary on the delicate balance of power and the consequences of personal choices in a world on the brink of war.

The characters in The Great Prince Shan are well-developed and multifaceted, each with their own personal goals and hidden agendas. Prince Shan, in particular, is a fascinating protagonist, torn between his sense of duty to his homeland and his desire for personal freedom. His internal struggles make him relatable and human, and readers cannot help but be invested in his journey.

While the pacing of the novel may feel slow at times, the intricate plot and rich character development more than make up for it. Oppenheim expertly weaves together multiple storylines, keeping readers guessing and on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Overall, The Great Prince Shan is a masterfully crafted novel that combines elements of espionage, politics, and adventure to create an unforgettable reading experience. Oppenheim's well-developed characters, evocative descriptions, and intricate plot make it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and espionage thrillers. With its engrossing narrative and thought-provoking themes, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who delve into its pages.

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"A club for diplomats and gentlemen," Prince Karschoff remarked, looking lazily through a little cloud of tobacco smoke around the spacious but almost deserted card room. "The classification seems comprehensive enough, yet it seems impossible to get even a decent rubber of bridge."

Sir Daniel Harker, a many years retired plenipotentiary to one of the smaller Powers, shrugged his shoulders.

"Personally, I have come to the conclusion," he declared, "that the raison d'être for the club seems to be passing. There is no diplomacy, nowadays, and every man who pays his taxes is a gentleman. Kingley, you are the youngest. Ransack the club and find a fourth."

The Honourable Nigel Kingley smiled lazily from the depths of his easy chair. He was a young Englishman of normal type, long limbed, clean shaven, with good features, a humorous mouth and keen grey eyes.

"In actual years," he admitted, "I may have the advantage of you two, but so far as regards the qualities of youth, Karschoff is the youngest man here. Besides, no one could refuse him anything."

"It is a subterfuge," the Prince objected, "but if I must go, I will go presently. We will wait five minutes, in case Providence should be kind to us."

The three men relapsed into silence... Continue reading book >>

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